Ghana Records Suspected Marburg Virus Disease
The Ghana Health Service announces the preliminary finding of two cases of Marburg Virus Disease (MVD) in the Ashanti Region.
The disease was suspected following the identification of two persons who met the case definition for an Acute Haemorrhagic Fever in two different locations in the Ashanti Region. Blood samples were sent to the Noguchi Memorial Institute for Medical Research.
Preliminary results suggest the infection is due to the Marburg virus. The samples have subsequently been sent for confirmation at the Institute Pasteur in Dakar, Senegal with the support of the World Health Organization (WHO).
No new cases have been reported since the two samples were taken two weeks ago
In addition, 34 contacts of the two cases have been identified and are currently under quarantine and being monitored by the Ashanti Regional Health Directorate of the Ghana Health Service. The Ashanti Regional Health Directorate with support from the Ghana Health Service Headquarters is currently conducting further investigations on the cases and
Information about the Disease
Marburg Virus Disease is a rare but severe hemorrhagic fever that affects both humans and non-human primates. It is caused by the Marburg virus. It is transmitted by infected persons or animals from direct contact with body fluids, blood, and other discharges from the affected person/animal. The incubation period for the disease is two (2) to twenty-one (21) days. Treatment is symptomatic. There is currently no vaccine available.
Prospective cases may present with:
- Bloody diarrhea,
- Bleeding from gums, Bleeding into the skin
- Bleeding into eyes and Bloody urine
The public is hereby advised to be on the lookout for any of the above symptoms and report to the nearest health facility.
DR. PATRICK KUMA-ABOAGYE
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